I Have Suffered the Will of the Father – 3 Nephi 11:10-11

10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.
This week, I’ve been studying the attributes of Jesus Christ. I’ve contemplated His humility, His patience, His selflessness, and His inclusiveness. Today, I’d like to focus on His obedience.
When the Savior knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane, He knew what He needed to do. He had prophesied of this day to His disciples. (See, for example, Matthew 7:22-23.) Still, He poignantly asked His Father if there were any way to avoid the terrible suffering: “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” But after giving expression to that yearning, He immediately reaffirmed His loyalty and submissiveness: “Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).
Just a few days later, following His resurrection, He appeared to the inhabitants of the American continent. He introduced Himself to them with some of those same words: “I have drunk out of that bitter cup…in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things.”
I think that the Savior’s obedience is a model for us. He didn’t obey grudgingly. He obeyed willingly and fervently. He obeyed because He loved His Father and wanted to glorify Him. Even though His Atonement was an act of love for all of us, it is significant to me that, in the precise moment when He had to voluntary endure unthinkable suffering, He was able to move forward and fulfill His mission because of His commitment to obey His Father.
Today, I will strive to follow the Savior’s example of obedience. I will remember that a commitment to do the will of God can help me through times when the right thing to do is challenging. When I am tempted to retreat from the challenges I face, I will remember the example of my Savior who consistently made honorable and virtuous decisions by submitting His own will to the will of His Father.
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